We Want Our Building -CNDRA


By: Lewis K. Glay



Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted October 18, 2006


Authorities at the Center for National Documents, Records and Archives have bluntly insisted that they want to immediately take over their facilities on 12th Street, Sinkor without delay.

CNDRA Director General Sam Pittee Polkah Toe, Deputy Director for Administration, G. Narrison Tuolee and Deputy Director for General Technical Services & Operations, Shadrack M. Kannah, have remained resolute to ensure that this time around the center “must” take over its legitimate national headquarters in Sinkor in spite of seeming manipulation from some quarters.

The CNDRA executives made their joint position statement recently at the center’s current head office on Ashmun Street, when the institution’s Deputy Director for Administration, Narrison Tuolee, was honored following his return form The People’s Republic of China on Archival Seminar.

The executives said the civil war dislodged their belonging and because they were yet to regain such status, application for grant to international donors to move the institution forward to protect Liberia’s heritage has remained elusive.

The CNDRA is currently planning a national conference on the viability of the institution and the said conference is slated for 14 November next month. According to the executives, if the facilities remain under the control of the National Investment Commission, they would use the ceremony to further pressurize whoever occupying the premises to vacate.

The executives further revealed that the facilities were being looted during the interim administration of Dr. Amos C. Sawyer and since that impasse, the CNDRA has continued to be “neglected” by past governments, but they remain hopeful that the current government is showing positive signal for the retrieval of the building.

Regarding the honoring ceremony, the family of CNDRA portrayed the purpose of oneness when Dr. Toe called on all to work together to ensure that the reform measures being championed by the Unity Party-led government succeed for the common good of Liberians.

Mr. Tuolee who said words were inadequate to express, vowed to use his achievement acquired from China on archives management to help improve postwar Liberia archives system.

The Ministry of Planning & Economic Affairs Senior Analyst, Roland Quiah who led an official delegation to grace to occasion, called on staff and executives of the entity to work in unison.

He observed that unlike other entities of government that have tussled over power and other personal interests over the years, the CNDRA has always exhibited unity, adding, “Work together.”

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